The Guidelines and Recommendations for Worshipping and
At Tryon United Methodist Church
Beginning August 1,
With the Delta Variant becoming the most dominant Coronavirus strain in the United
States and its higher level of transmissibility among people, the CDC, Governor Cooper
and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church have
issued new guidance regarding masks, particularly for children under 12 and others who
These are guidelines and recommendations intended to help individuals and
congregations be mindful of the Wesleyan call to “do no harm” and to “love our
neighbors as ourselves.” In keeping with the spirit and intent of these recommendations
and with consideration of the needs of the members our specific congregation, the
following are being recommended beginning August 1, 2021.
We encourage anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to consider getting the
vaccine if possible. If that is not an option, please wear masks at all indoor
ministry activities, including worship.
For anyone who is immunocompromised or under the age of 12 who cannot take
the vaccine, we encourage you to wear masks while at Tryon UMC.
For anyone who has been vaccinated, the wearing of masks is recommended,
especially to protect others, but will not be required at this time.
Please keep a healthy distance between you and people who do not live in your
household. We have plenty of room in our sanctuary for everyone to socially
distance and still participate fully in worship.
We will assess COVID-19 positivity rates from week to week and use that as a
guideline for determining whether or not we continue to have the choir in the
chancel area and whether or not we continue to sing during worship.
Please wear a mask if you are in the office area to help us care well for Kathleen.
Information for outside groups has been distributed to them and they are
committed to keeping their people and their time in our building healthy.
Church leadership will continue to monitor the situation in our county and area each
week. Changes will be considered as soon as they become appropriate.
Please to pray that we will be able to continue to gather for worship and for the good
health and well-being of this congregation and our community.
If you have any questions, please contact Jim Holly at (803) 221-4276 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Monterisi at (828) 817-4674 or
email@example.com while Pastor Lynnette is on vacation.